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Don’t Fowl Out: The Problematic Trend of Brooklyn Tenants Keeping Chickens

Happy Family Playing with a Chicken in the Yard of their Brooklyn Rental HomeAccording to the US Department of Agriculture, nearly 13 million Americans own or plan to own chickens in the next 5 years. Although those with bigger parcels of land will more presumably possess chickens than those dwelling in urban or suburban places, the possibility of city inhabitants having chickens has become more popular. As a result, Brooklyn rental homeowners may experience an increase in the number of requests from residents wanting to keep chickens on their properties. But prior to granting them an answer, it’s crucial to comprehend why chickens are in demand right now and the possible disadvantages that keeping poultry in a suburban surrounding might cause.

As rural homeowners can confirm, there are actual advantages to having chickens on a property. Chickens eat bugs, which notably lessen the number of bugs within a home. They also provide fresh eggs and will abundantly fertilize lawns and other green spaces.

On the other hand, chickens are infamous for creating a mess by leaving their droppings everywhere. They enjoy roosting on terrace furnishings, fleeing a hard-to-wash mess afterward. Chickens can also stink, making nasty smells that neighbors may dislike. Those fresh eggs they deposit are not just appealing to people, but to snakes, skunks, raccoons, and other pesky critters as well.

A few other drawbacks to keeping chickens include noise concerns and potential damage to exterior features made of wood. Chickens can be relatively rowdy, and not just the roosters. Hens make a broad range of noises at all hours, which neighbors may find annoying. Chickens also have a habit to bite at wood, which can make consequential destruction over time.

Given the issues that occur with keeping chickens, the disadvantages obviously offset any possible advantages. For Brooklyn property landowners, this means that the decision to forbid chickens may perhaps be a no brainer. A bigger challenge, however, is making sure that residents do not bring unauthorized animals onto the property and there may be local statutes that prohibit keeping “farm animals” within city limits.

Real Property Management New York Gold oversees standard property assessments, watching for tenant abidance with animal rules in addition to the property’s order. We make it our work to defend the esteem and state of your rental homes and manage tenant communications on your side. To know more about what we have to offer, please contact us online or by phone at 347-905-5770 today!

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